“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:
Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
– Psalm 37:7 [KJV]
“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
– Psalm 32:7 [KJV]
Upon reading these two verses yesterday, it made me think of my life. For months, I have been trying to find a job and have been trying to move out of North Carolina. I have been so stressed out about wanting to move that I forgot about resting.
The past year was highly stressful for me. It was difficult not being around my friends and family for most of 2022. God showed me that even in times of isolation that He still loves me. I didn’t get the results I wanted this year as far as moving back to Jacksonville, but at least I finally get to reconnect with old friends back in North Carolina.
I’m happy that I can finally say I have people that support me. I have had a church feeding me and looking out for me in the last month. I don’t have to worry about going hungry every day because my pastor has been buying me food on most days.
“‘Go out and stand before me on the mountain,’ the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’”
– 1 Kings 19:11-13 [NLT]
God was protecting Elijah in that situation, just like He’s protecting us in our troubles. It’s tempting to lose faith when we don’t see positive results come quicker, but God knows what we a facing. He won’t leave us high and dry. God may not rescue us instantly, but He will rescue us.